Nguyen Gia Liem, head of the board, said qualified candidates would be exempted from all expenses related to labour export and would be paid over $1,000 per month under three-year labour contracts.

When their contracts are over, every worker will be given an allowance of JPY600,000 ($7,800) before they return Vietnam to help them reintegrate into their community.

The organisation will also introduce these workers to Japanese-invested businesses operating in Vietnam, he said.

Currently, about 17,000 Vietnamese workers have been working in Japan with an average salary of about $1,000 per month.

The cost for every Vietnamese worker to be sent to Japan is now about 40 million dong (US$1,920), said Tran Van Thanh, deputy director of the Labour and Expert Export Company (Suleco).

This includes expenses for Japanese language training, brokerage fees and medical check-ups.

Japanese companies highly value Vietnamese workers' work ethics as well as their sympathy with Japanese employers who have suffered difficulties after the recent disasters, said Nguyen Xuan Vui, chair and CEO of Air Service Supply Joint Stock Company.

Tuoi Tre - October 3, 2011